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Bearded men don mermen tails for charity calendar

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The hairy-faced gents of the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club are raising money for a mental health charity by posing as mermen for this 2018 MerB’ys calendar. CBC reports:

Calendar proceeds are going to Spirit Horse NL, a group that offers support to people with mental health issues via therapeutic interaction with horses. "They're desperately in need of funds and awareness because it's expensive to raise and upkeep horses," says Hasan Hai, who founded the [club]. He knew instinctively this was a challenge fit for the MerB'ys. "I figured right away that this is a cause our club can get behind." Once they had a charity to champion, finding willing men with facial hair did not prove problematic. Hai says he was immediately inundated with at least seventy beardos more than keen to get fishy for the fund raising initiative.

...One happy byproduct of the initiative is that they're also getting to challenge some persistent gender norms.

Hai says rolling around as MerB'y has allowed him and the other MerB'ys a wholly "different take on what manliness and masculinity looks like." He says the response has been largely positive. "People blowing kisses at one another, guys holding hands, being whimsical and silly – it's a lot of fun." That the project ended up "poking a lot of holes at traditional gender roles and stereotypes" was a bonus. As was some added body confidence. Stripping down for charity has made the founder feel more at home in his own skin (and scales).

He decided early that any reservations he might have had were secondary, asserting, "I will sell my dignity for a good cause here."

The calendars are C$25 each.

Don't call them Mermen: Newfoundland and Labrador's "MerB'ys" are fishing for better mental health care (CBC)

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Poor Detroit neighborhoods, abandoned by telcos and the FCC, are rolling out homebrew, community mesh broadband

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40% of Detroiters have no internet access. The Detroit Community Technology Project and similar projects across the city are skipping over the telcos altogether and wiring up their own mesh broadband networks, where gigabit connections are transmitted by line-of-site wireless across neighborhoods from the tops of tall buildings; it's called the Equitable Internet Initiative. (more…)

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Hackers can freeze the camera that lets you know whether your "Amazon Key" equipped door is locked and who is using it

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Security researchers from Rhino Security Labs have shown that it is trivial to disable the Amazon Cloud Cam that is a crucial component of the Amazon Key product -- a connected home door-lock that allows delivery personnel to open your locked front door and leave your purchases inside -- and have demonstrated attacks that would allow thieves to exploit this weakness to rob your home. (more…)

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Trump's top economic advisor asks CEOs to raise hands if they're going to use tax cuts to invest, boggled by no one raising hands

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Gary Cohn is Donald Trump's top economic advisor; while on stage this week at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council meeting, he called for a show of hands from CEOs who were planning to invest more if their tax bills were slashed in the new GOP tax plan. (more…)

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Watch how to fix a dangerous traffic situation with a simple solution: duct tape

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Cyclists in the Dutch city of Nijmegen had a traffic challenge in a popular part of town every day during rush hour. A small road for bikes at the busy Keizer Karelplein intersection was in constant chaos with heavy congestion, and bikers wanting to turn right were often forced off the main path, making it a dangerous turn. But a few creative citizens fixed the problem with a simple solution: duct tape.

Watch how they use the tape to make two lanes on the bike path, one with a straight arrow and one with an arrow pointing to the right. And more interestingly, watch how bikers obey the duct tape. Ahhh, order is restored.

In the YouTube comments, we find out that the folks who came up with this brilliantly simple solution ended up removing the tape for fear of pollution, but happily, the city of Nijmegen announced they will paint new traffic lines and arrows this week.

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Congress's spending proves the GOP believes life begins at conception and ends at birth

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What does it mean to be a Republican "values voter?" Well, for sure, it means hating abortion and coming up with grotesque, rapey, lethal, cruel, absurd, unconstitutional (very, very unconstitutional), racist, regulations; tricking women into unwanted pregnancies; turning a blind eye to terrorism, and targeting vulnerable teens, while charging women with murder and defunding programs that prevent unwanted pregnancies (and thus reduce abortions), while spinning fairytales about the big profits realized by the doctors who risk their lives to help women choose when to become mothers. (more…)

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